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Pre-Conference Registration Deadline: September 26, 2013

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Wednesday, October 23.  All participants who would like to attend a workshop must pre-register for the session by September 26, 2013.  You can pick up your pre-conference workshop tickets at conference registration. All pre-conference workshops have a registration fee of $50.00. 

Workshop Registration: You may register for the pre-conference workshops online by going to the Conference Registration page or you can download and return the Conference Registration Form provided below.

Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions for Wednesday, October 23

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop A: Getting Started (Recommended for New Grantees or New Project Personnel)

Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY13. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY12 and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The workshop will be divided into three parts: (1) ATE Program Issues. Topics to be covered include reporting requirements such as annual and final reports, working with NSF program officers, changes in project personnel or scope, data collection, FastLane and other reporting systems, use of Advisory Boards and National Visiting Committees, preparing project highlights for NSF and others, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and many other relevant topics. (2) Financial Management and Grant Management Issues. This section will focus on financial accounting issues and discuss in detail problems often seen in monitoring visits such as participant support, time and effort accounting, subawardees, record keeping, changes in scope, overload, and use of consultants. (3) Evaluation. This segment will address building in evaluation from the start of your project or center. The ATE program has an annual survey of all projects and centers that have been active for more than one year. Additional evaluation topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, evaluation design, methods and instrumentation, resources for learning about productive evaluation, the roles of internal and external evaluators, and evaluation challenges. 

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop B: Advancing Innovation and Disseminating Impact: How to Spread the Word 
Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00 

Do the results of your project simply get filed away at NSF?  Does your students’ work disappear after the funding period ends? All too often, the lessons learned from a project are never shared with the larger community  Publishing your work provides a way to increase the broader impacts of your project and help others build on your findings. You have already done the work, so why not leverage it? Publishing can bring numerous benefits for your project, your partners, your institution, and the ATE program.  Multiple people can also participate in the publishing process.  Having students blog or write papers helps them learn and publicizes your work. Publishing increases your credibility, validates your work, increases project visibility, provides more opportunities for future collaborations, and increases your chances of future funding.  Participants in this interactive session, will learn about informal (blogs, newsletters) and formal (peer-reviewed journal articles) opportunities for publishing, matching the audience with the type of publication, and “best practices” for different forms of publishing. The presenters have published in a variety of formats; have served as writers and editors for blogs, and as reviewers for journals; and have experience with student bloggers.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop C: Follow the Money: Strategies for Leveraging ATE Grant Funding
Advance Registration and Ticket Required: Fee - $50.00

This session will encourge and empower participants with the tools to build on NSF support by discussing the practical considerations for vetting other private, state, and federal funding opportunities.  Participants will discuss the legal, ethical, and political ramifications of grant integration in a single area and will work on individual case studies, including garnering on-campus buy-in and industry partnerships.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop D: Increasing Your Web and Social Media Impact
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00

In this interactive session, participants will learn about tools and techniques for increasing the effectiveness and impact of their web site and social media channels, and have the opportunity to discuss what has and hasn't worked for them and how best to employ those tools and techniques within their environment to reach their target community.  Facilitated brainstorming in a roundtable format will be interspersed with group Q&A, with participants selecting the subjects most of interest to them.  Topics covered will include web and social media analytics, usability testing, and content sharing mechanisms, as well as issues specific to each of the popular social media services (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube).  While this will be a non-technical workshop, technical concerns may be covered in breakout groups as needed.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  
Workshop E: Strategies for Meaningful Interpretation of ATE Evaluation Data
Advance Registration and Ticket Required:  Fee - $50.00

In this workshop, participants will review and discuss strategies for synthesizing and interpreting evaluation data to reach conclusions about an ATE project or center’s quality, progress, and/or impact.  Data interpretation typically requires one or more points of reference for comparison—whether internally-set targets, national benchmarks, other sites/organizations, past performance, or other information sources.  Enhancing data interpretation helps projects avoid two common pitfalls in evaluation: (1) making conclusions that are not clearly linked to data and (2) reporting data without providing meaningful conclusions. The workshop will include demonstration and hands-on group work to apply strategies for data interpretation to reach conclusions and inform recommendations for project improvement.

*EvaluATE is offering funding for evaluators to attend the ATE Conference and the ATE Evaluation Pre-Conference Workshop.  Please click here for an application and further information. 

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